Continuing with health

Glen of Imaal Terrier people are adopting Health. Some folk will say it should be done faster, some won’t really see the point of a lot of it but it IS being done. Possibly a little too gently for some but things that are done gently have a way of getting into the psyche far faster than things that are rammed down the throat. What delivers that profound thought? The number of times articles/thoughts regarding health are forwarded for here & the consideration of readers; it used to be very unusual for even one a quarter now they appear far more often. This one, Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, is “a peer-reviewed, open access, online journal publishing original research and review articles relating to all aspects of canine genetics and epidemiology.” Yes, it’s a bit heavy but if nothing else have a look what is “most viewed”.

From Ali and Roadworks at Ryton

I will be bringing some DNA swab kits along to the EFG Open Show on Easter Sunday at The Sports Connexion, Ryton-On-Dunsmore, Coventry CV8 3FL.  Any exhibitors / Glen owner visitors … please come and find me! Swab kits are £5.00. This £5.00 donation goes to the Amimal Health Trust to cover the cost of the kit and storage of the swabs. It would be helpful if folk could print off a DNAkit_request for each of the Glens they wish to swab. If owners would prefer to get their swabs after the show, they can visit where there are the options to pay by cheque or via PayPal or debit/credit card.

Please do support this important initiative.  Thank you!

Alison, EFG Health Coordinator

If you are going to the EFG Open Show at Ryton-On-Dunsmore this weekend do be aware that there are roadworks around Coventry and Ryton. The Highways Agency is reporting many roadworks have been lifted for the Easter Holidays but these HAVEN’T and the 40mph limit and lane changing will remain in place


2014 Glen of Imaal Terrier calendar

GITCApage1The Glen of Imaal Terrier Club of America celebrates health for its 2014 calendar and for the cover shot they dug through the archives back to the 1999 Specialty. A year the EFG was there on a “Factfinder” so do you recognise anybody?

All the dogs featured on the inside of the calendar are Glens whose owners have followed the recommended health testing protocols for the breed and there are some lovely photographs.

If you fancy it for 2014-or as a present for somebody-it’s easy to obtain.

What do you think?

The Kennel Club, supposed defender of the pedigree dog, is opening a debate on registering crossbreeds. It seems they see it as a boon for owners that want to health check respective parents and it is only cynical folk who see it as an increase to the KC coffers now registrations of pedigrees are falling. Thing is though what health checks would be done and why? The Glen of Imaal Terrier community have asked the KC to only register pups from parents that are DNA (crd3) tested; not a lot of dogs, easy to administer, supported by both breed clubs. The KC have said no. So in Glens, and many other breeds, the people that supposedly matter have asked for positive action on health and are ignored…what is the point again in registering “doodles” etc?